Mid-winter is a good time to escape to warmer surroundings, so I spent almost three weeks over January and into February in Micronesia. This was the reverse of a trip I made almost 10 years ago. So after a night spent in Guam, the first destination was the island of Yap, part of the Federated States of Micronesia. We had good shark action, but the mantas were being a bit shy this week. Perhaps due to the high winds we experienced all week?
After a week in Yap, it was off to Palau and a week onboard the Palau Aggressor II. Just about perfect weather all week and the diving lived up to Palau's reputation. This made up for my previous trip there, when we experienced almost constant rain. One of our dives in German Channel goes down as one of my top five dives ever. Hope you enjoy the photos below as well as a short video of various fish activities. I don't consider myself a videographer, but it's fun to shoot video a little.
This blacktip measured out at 3.7 feet long
This one is known as "Babe", an adult female
You can see how choppy the water is
Tail section of Continental 727 that ran off the runway 40 years ago. No one seriously hurt. The new airport opened shortly after this accident.
Cockpit of Japanese Betty bomber.
Yap is know as the Island of Stone Money
Descending into cavern by Blue Corner
Entrance to Blue Holes
Exiting the cave
Checking out an octopus
"Larry" - the friendly Napoleon Wrasse
Lettuce coral in Ulong Channel
Ammo on Peleliu
Hooked in at Peleliu Express
Lunch onboard the Agressor
Blacktips circling the boat
Anchored in Peleliu
Sunset over Palau
Transiting German Channel
Returning from Jellyfish Lake (I slept in instead)
Land tour of Palau
The Stone Monoliths of Palau
Old Japanese railroad for bauxite
Mitsubishi light tank on Peleliu
Old traffic control tower
Japanese headquarters building
Thousand man cave